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PostSubject: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:58 am



This painting is now complete. The final touches were to add the railings, and adjust a few things here and there. I thickened some of the palm fronds in the lone palm tree in the centre of the background. I adjusted the vines that run along from the shed to the apartment wall. And I added a touch of mauve shadow on that same wall just above the shed roof.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:55 pm

I love all the colors. There is just one thing that distracts me and that is that the sky and the wall of the larger building are the same value, so that I get pulled right out of the painting through the sky. I've been taking a weekend art course and one of the suggestions that I learned from the course was that it is all right to make the sky a slightly darker value so the it does not pull you away from the center of interest. Hope that helps.

Hope you don't mind, but I couldn't resist doing some photoshopping.



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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:01 pm

Good point, Judy. I agree that the values are quite close! It does keep your eye up there a little longer than it needs to be.
Thanks for the observation!

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:29 pm

hope you saw the edited version. It appears that you may have responded before i edited the picture into the post.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:36 pm

Yes, I was actually "between tasks" when I read your note, so I responded right away. As you showed in the photoshopped version, the darker sky does draw attention to the building! Good "call", as they say!

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Thanks Alan. I just felt that I was loosing all the beauty along the right side because of the sky pulling me away. I wish I could spot things like that so easily in my own paintings.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:36 am

Great painting! I can really feel the three dimensional form of the buildings.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:35 pm

Alan, I love painted buildings, but like paintings of laundry hanging around more....nice work and I see what you mean Judy....my eyes were stopping at the sky too long love seeing the contrast. keep up the nice work!

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:49 am

I agree with Judy Alan. I was wondering how the background trees could stop in such a straight line. A small point but one which I found worrying.
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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:03 pm

I really like this painting, Alan. Love the colors and details you've put in this larger painting!
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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:58 pm

I love the contrast between the sunlit sides of the buildings and the shaded fronts - nicely done! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:51 am



Now completed, except for the signature. Thanks for your keen 'eye for value', Judy. I went back to revisit the sky. I darkened it slightly by mixing and testing a blend of French Ultramarine, Raw Umber, Dioxizine Purple and Titanium White.

Next step after signing this is to photograph it and other recent paintings in proper outdoor north light.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:07 pm

It looks great. The sky came out really nice. I like your choice of colors to do it. The buildings now just standout in all their glory emphasizing the wonderful contrasts between sunlit and shadowed.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:10 am

Much better contrast! Good feeling to be done, eh? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:59 pm

I find it wonderful how an artist's eye can find beauty anywhere. Gorgeous colour and light. Congrats.
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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:25 am

Thank you all for your comments. I might enter this one into a local juried exhibition. It would be good to have some exposure.

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PostSubject: Re: Sant'Allessio Terrace, full size   Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:07 pm

Alan,

I think it would be great to put it in the local juried exhibition. It is outstanding.

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